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Police quiz Nat over computer virus claim.

A LEADING SNP councillor is under investigation by police after a computer virus was planted in the office of his former business partners.

The bug was discovered after Angus Nicolson, SNP group leader on Western Isles Council, was sacked from Stornoway accountancy firm Mann Judd Gordon.

He was dismissed after accusing business partner Roddy Cunningham of taking money from a trust fund.

Then the other partners in the firm discovered their computers had been infected with a file-corrupting virus.

Stornoway police are set to quiz Nicolson about the technological attack on his former colleague's workplace.

A source close to the firm said: 'The computers in there hold a lot of information about clients and it could set the business back years if the files are destroyed.'

The row blew up last week when Nicolson accused Cunningham of taking money from a fund of which he is trustee.

Nicolson is a named beneficiary of the trust fund, which is worth more than pounds 300,000.

He also accused Cunningham and a third partner Jack Kernahan of taking a five-figure sum out of the firm's own bank account.

He reported the fall-out to the firm's bankers who immediately froze the accounts. Cunningham then sacked Nicolson.

Yesterday, both Cunningham and Nicolson refused to comment.

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